Phew, a day of Seahawks and Reign football really takes it out of a writer. I'm sure the brave traveling fans who returned from San Jose yesterday can relate. On to links!
While all of Seattle's professional sports teams were getting results, the local collegiate soccer programs struggled. A long road trip ended disappointingly for Seattle U's male Redhawks, after a one goal lead at Dartmouth was squandered for a 2-1 loss. A similar result downed the women in a fixture against Idaho.
The Montreal Impact reportedly initially refused to take the field to start the second half against the Philadelphia Union, a bold strategy that apparently worked out for them when they stole a point on the edge of stoppage time.
Landon Donovan returned to the StubHub Center pitch on Saturday night and brought a whole bunch of attention with him. No longer a Designated Player, Donovan will have to make do with the $150,000 salary he's allowed for an eight-game season (though few would be surprised if MLS shook their etch-e-sketch rulebook at the end of the season.)
It's been a long time since a baby with such fine soccer genes was born on US soil (I look forward to all the comments detailing how wrong this statement is) as Cassius Cruz Dwyer, the first child of Sydney Leroux and Dom Dwyer. As Stars and Stripes FC notes, the kid has three FIFA countries of eligibility.
Yesterday was September 11, and while ESPN was busy asking which players would sit/kneel/stand for the National Anthem, our New York affiliates took the time to remember what that day meant and how sports helped us overcome.
In the lead-up to a clash with one of his former teams, Sunderland manager David Moyes says that the inability of Everton to pick up a top-class center forward like Romelu Lukaku was the only thing preventing that club from being a Champions League competitor while he coached there. Which is probably why his time at Manchester United was so successful.
The Celtic-Rangers rivalry is one of the best-known in soccer, but some fans have no interest in participating (content to hit the movies instead.)
Freiberg is back in the Bundesliga, and they're backed by the most fearsome character in comics.